A press I like gave a deadline that was eight weeks away. This would be my first solo chapbook (short poetry book).

I do better with a cohesive theme. I selected three myth possibilities – two short series and one long poem. I decided to go with one of the short stories that gave me themes to build around. I gathered recent poems, published poems, and others I felt tied in. These poems gave me a variety of forms and lengths anchored together by myth and life experiences. Using the short series as the bones, I put the skin on with the rest of the poems.

This press accepts hybrid submissions which meant I could illustrate my chapbook. I didn’t have much time. I decided to use collages I had already made as the base. Then I drew with India Ink and painted images on top with acrylics.

I asked three friend to edit the chapbook. This was a good number. It gave me different viewpoints, but not too many to be confusing. I made edits and rearranged the order. I am thankful for their fresh eyes and expert help. The art work was added, submitted with a color cover and black & white images inside. My goal was met, but didn’t feel rushed. I pushed the send button one week before the deadline. Whew!



~ by fiberverse on August 26, 2013.

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